While in the rental property purchasing phase, your priorities are location, location, location. But after acquiring a property and renting it out, your focus is all about planning, planning, planning. As one of the largest property management companies in Washington DC, we recommend the following:
- Plan on maintenance costs. It’s a fact of running a rental property.
- Plan on things breaking. Appliances, faucets, water heaters, heating, and air conditioning units—these things don’t last forever. Whether you are able to repair them or they need replacing, things break.
- Plan on tenant turnover. If you keep tenants happy, they typically will stay put for a while, but even the happiest tenants won’t stay forever. Job changes, schooling, outgrowing the home, or even purchasing a home of their own—life events happen.
- Plan on repeating the process. Every time you have a tenant move out, you will need to prepare the property for a new one. Costs will vary but could include new paint, new carpet, bringing the home up to code if necessary, and making any repairs from normal wear and tear.
As a leader among property management companies in Washington DC, Real Property Management Washington DC knows that the costs of routine maintenance can become overwhelming. We educate our clients to expect the unexpected and plan on spending the equivalent of approximately 2 months worth of rent per year on maintenance costs. By planning for the costs of repairs, when problems do arise, the costs will not be so overwhelming. And partnering with Real Property Management Washington DC gives you access to appliances, cleaning, and repair services through our network of contractors.
As the old saying goes, “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” Don’t make failing part of your plan. Plan maintenance costs ahead of time and be proactive about issues when they arise. Planning sets you on the path of successful real estate investing.
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